Nicola Boulton > PCB Byrne > London, England > Lawyer Profile

PCB Byrne

Work Department

Commercial litigation, civil fraud.


One of the founding partners and the senior partner of Byrne and Partners. Nicola is a commercial litigator with expertise in City fraud, financial services, trust disputes and complex fraud and asset tracing matters. Nicola’s practice focuses on multi jurisdiction litigation, often involving CIS and African parties and off-shore jurisdictions. She acts for high net worth individuals, legal and financial services professionals, corporates and hedge funds. She has extensive expertise and experience of interlocutory injunctive measures, particularly Freezing Orders and all issues relating to money laundering. Current cases include Tatneft-v-Bogolyubov and others, NTB Bank-v-Yurov and a high value BVI case involving Kazakhstan and complex trust issues, as well as a very substantial UK based fraud matter.  Nicola is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).  Before Byrne and Partners Nicola worked at Dechert, the FSA and Clyde & Co.


Trained Clyde & Co; qualified 1994; Clyde & Co 1994-98; enforcement department FSA 1998-2000; Dechert 2000-03; co-founding partner Byrne & Partners 2003 to date.


ARDL (Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers); Fraud Lawyers Association.


Sevenoaks School; St Anne’s College, Oxford (1988); Law Society Finals (1992 First Class Honours).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

(Hall of Fame)

Nicola BoultonPCB Byrne

PCB Byrne is ‘one of the leading civil fraud outfits in the London market‘, and is ‘easily capable of going toe-to-toe with the largest firms‘. A particular strength of the practice lies in asset recovery, with niche specialisms including advice to international companies and institutions in relation to the impact of sanctions on asset recovery, as well as recovering assets in ultra-high net worth matrimonial cases. The team is headed by ‘great strategistAnthony Riem and ‘one of the best solicitors in London‘, Nicola Boulton; it also includes Trevor Mascarenhas, who has ‘a huge intellect with unrivalled knowledge of the law in this area‘. Nick Ractliff ‘is most adept at dealing with highly complex and valuable international litigation involving serious allegations of dishonesty and corporate wrongdoing‘ and Elizabeth Seborg is noted for her asset recovery and interim injunctions work. Charlotte Bhania was promoted to partner in April 2022, while Catherine Eason and Tom McKernan both made partner in July 2023. Neil Micklethwaite and Olga Bischof joined the firm in mid-2023.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

One of the strongest commercial litigation firms in London‘, PCB Byrne has a strong track record in large Commercial Court cases, with the practice’s recent workload ranging from joint venture/shareholder disputes, to contractual conflicts involving the supply of IT services and commodities. Trevor Mascarenhas specialises in complex, high-value, cross-border disputes; Nicola Boulton‘s disputes practice focuses on fraud, dishonesty and corruption; senior partner Anthony Riem has ‘outstanding strategic judgement‘; and Nick Ractliff‘s expertise covers contractual, banking, shareholder and director disputes. The next line of active practitioners features Middle-East disputes expert Charlotte Bhania, and fraud and commercial claims litigator Catherine Eason, who were made partners in April 2022 and July 2023, respectively. Tom McKernan was also promoted to the partnership in mid-2023 and specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims in the Commercial Court. The team was recently boosted by the addition of two consulting partners from Brown Rudnick – Neil Micklethwaite and Olga Bischoff.